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Subject: Polye trial begins

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Date Posted: Wed, Apr 30 2008, 12:02:38pm
In reply to: Kandepen Opene 's message, "A. Manase vs D. Polye" on Tue, Mar 18 2008, 02:55:30pm

Polye trial begins
THE trial of the petition challenging the election of Works, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Don Polye as Kandep MP starts today.
Last week the court found that there were grounds for this petition, filed by lawyer Alfred Manase, to go to trial.
Yesterday, Mr Polye’s lawyers asked Justice Greg Lay to delay the case for two weeks so they could prepare themselves.
But Paul Mawa, representing Mr Manase, objected to this, saying the trial should start in earnest.
Mr Mawa said they have more than 100 witnesses to call and if the case was deferred, it would cost them a lot of money.
Justice Lay agreed and set the matter down for this morning.The trial will commence on the allegation concerning eight disputed boxes.
Although Mr Polye polled thousands of votes over his nearest rival, there were still claims of foul play.

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Date Posted: Thu, May 01 2008, 07:48:33am

For those interested, yesterday was the first day of trial and Alfred Manase took the witness box all day, Alfred will today stage another two witness.

Will keep you updated.

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Kandepian Wane
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Date Posted: Sun, May 04 2008, 08:44:06am

This is interestingly the other side of the story on the first day of trial?

Petitioner denies hijacking boxes
THE petitioner challenging the election of Don Polye as Member for Kandep yesterday denied engaging his boys to hijack four ballot boxes during last year’s general elections.
It was alleged Alfred Manase got his boys to block the road at Komutin village on July 3 last year to hijack the boxes, but Mr Manase denied it.
Mr Manase, who was the runner-up in the election, is the first witness to stand with the petition now going to trial.
Denying the allegation, he said he was at Tinjipa village when he heard about the hijack and he went to Komutin that night and asked the hijackers to release the boxes.
He said they did release the boxes to polling officials and police, and the ballot boxes were in good condition.
Mr Manase was also asked whether he had any knowledge about his supporters removing two bridges and a culvert on the road leading towards his village.
He said he did not know or authorise such a thing.
He said the two bridges and culvert were still intact when he crossed it on July 3.
Mr Manase denied being armed with a bushknife and standing among people before polling day, although he conceded it was common for the Enga people in the villages to carry bush knives around.
He told the court that on July 3 he and other candidates like Jimson Sauk and James Tumbin staged a protest at the Kandep district office after the names of presiding officers were released without any names of the other polling officials.
He said when they demanded for the full list to be put out, the security personnel attacked Mr Tumbin.
He claimed that many of Polye’s supporters were reserve police in police uniform and were escorting the ballot boxes.
Mr Manase alleged that some of the reservists were teachers and locals and added he he was confused as to where they got their uniforms from.

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